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Newfoundland ready to water rescue

Simple Retrieve

Purpose:
To demonstrate the dog’s willingness to perform as a working Newfoundland, and demonstrate the control to retrieve a thrown bumper on the command of his handler.

Equipment Required:

Bumper (A short line on the bumper is allowed to facilitate throwing.)

Qualifying Performance:

Handler and dog will wait on shore until asked “Are You Ready” by the judge. The dog is to be under control and attentive to the handler. On an affirmative answer, (the handler must have hands off the dog and/or the dog’s collar) the handler will then throw the bumper 30 feet (approximately 9 meters). On command the dog will enter the water, swim out, take hold of the bumper and return it to the handler. Delivery must be to hand. Once the handler has the bumper in hand, the lead judge will say “Exercise Finished”.

Marked Retrieve

Purpose:
To demonstrate a dog’s ability to “spot” an article in the water and his ability to follow the handler’s directions in making the retrieve.

Equipment required:

The article to be retrieved is either an approved boat cushion or life jacket.

Article will be determined by the judge(s) prior to the start of the test and will be the same article for all entrants.

Qualifying Performance:

Handler and dog will wait on the shore. The dog is to be under control and attentive to the handler. The lead judge will signal to the boat steward to row across the test area at the 50 feet (approximately 15 meters) mark from shore. The article will be quietly placed on the seaward side of the boat at the point determined by the lead judge. After the boat has left the area, the lead judge will ask the handler “Are You Ready”. On an affirmative answer, (the handler must have hands off the dog and/or the dog’s collar) the dog, following the handler’s direction will enter the water, swim out, retrieve the article and return it to the handler. Delivery must be to hand. Once the handler has the article in hand, the lead judge will say “Exercise Finished”.

Tow A Boat

Purpose:
To demonstrate a dog’s intelligence, speed and strength in returning an adrift boat to shore.

Equipment required:

Bumper
Rope to be of sufficient length as the site determines.

Qualifying Performance:

Handler and dog will wait on the shore. The dog is to be under control and attentive to the handler. The Rowing Steward will position the bow of a rowboat 75 feet (approximately 22 meters) from shore. The lead judge will ask the handler “Are You Ready”. On an affirmative answer, (the handler must have hands off the dog and/or the dog’s collar) the lead judge will signal the Boat Steward to attract the team’s attention by calling, and by tossing a bumper attached to a tow rope into the water.

The handler will command the dog to enter the water, swim to the boat, take the bumper in his mouth and tow the boat to shore. When the handler has the tow rope in his hand, the lead judge will say “Exercise Finished”.

Take A Line

Purpose
To demonstrate the dog’s willingness to aid in a rescue by delivering a line to a swimmer in distress.

Equipment required:

75 foot floating line either knotted at one end or with a bumper attached.

Qualifying Performance:

Handler and dog will wait on the shore. The dog is to be under control and attentive to the handler.
A steward (who is a stranger to the dog) will swim out about 50 feet (approximately 15 meters) into the water and turn to face the shore. The lead judge will ask the handler “Are You Ready”. On an affirmative answer, (the handler must have hands off the dog and/or the dog’s collar) the lead judge will signal the steward who will call for help and attract the dogs’ attention but must not call the dog by name. The handler will command the dog to take the end of the line with the bumper/ knotted end. The handler will then command the dog to enter the water and carry the line to the steward. When the steward has hold of the line the lead judge will say “Exercise Finished”.

Swim With Handler

Purpose:
To demonstrate the dog’s ability to be a safe, reliable swimming companion that is also available for assistance.

Equipment required:

None

Qualifying Performance:

Handler and dog will wait on the shore. The dog is to be under control and attentive to the handler. The lead judge will ask the handler “Are You Ready”. On an affirmative answer, (the handler must have hands off the dog and/or the dog’s collar) the dog and handler will wade out to swimming depth for the dog. Dog and handler must swim together an additional 20 feet (approximately 6 meters) out into the water. The dog may swim on either the left or right side of handler at a safe distance (within approximately 6 feet / 2 meters), so not to interfere with the forward movement of the handler. When the distance has been reached, the lead judge will signal the handler by whistle. The handler will stop swimming, and then command the dog to turn towards shore. The handler must not aid the dog by physically turning the dog. The handler will take hold of the dog and be towed towards the shore. The handler must be free floating during the tow. Once the dog has reached walking depth, the handler may stand. The lead judge will then say “Exercise Finished”.